Kelly Wathen

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The Problems With Hand Wrapping

Posted by Kelly Wathen on Feb 16, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Let’s face it, machines are typically better than humans at doing repetitive, rote tasks. Humans, on the other hand, excel in areas where intellectual decisions and creativity are needed. When it comes to stretch wrapping, most of the process of stretch wrapping consists of a repetitive motion (the wrapping) that is best done by machines. And, machines really are better at it than their human counterparts.

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Topics: Pallet-Grip, Stretch Wrapping, Operational Efficiency, Stretch Film Cost

The Maintenance Checklist: What to Look for When Purchasing a New Stretch Wrapper

Posted by Kelly Wathen on Feb 7, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Your shipping manager has asked you to review a list of stretch wrappers he’s considering purchasing. You want a stretch wrapper that will get the job done (wrap loads) and make your life easy. You already have enough work on your plate. So, when problems come up for you to solve, it’s important to solve them quickly.

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Topics: Buying a Stretch Wrapper

3 Unrecognized Benefits to Upgrading Older Pallet Wrappers

Posted by Kelly Wathen on Jan 31, 2017 8:00:00 AM

When it is time to upgrade to a new pallet wrapper, you may not even know it. Let's face it, the old one is still doing the job, it still seems to be wrapping okay, you aren't having any hassles with it, except for the occasional maintenance it needs, and you are wondering if you should keep using it, or perhaps getting a new one would be a better option.

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Topics: Semi-automatic Pallet Wrapping, Automatic Pallet Wrapping, pallets

How Stretch Wrapping Reduces Risk of Damaged Pallet Goods

Posted by Kelly Wathen on Jan 24, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Since a main reason for stretch wrapping is preventing product damage during transit, it may come as a surprise that the leading cause of product damage is…in-effective stretch wrapping. Just buying or having a good stretch wrapper doesn’t ensure a safe load. But how you use your stretch wrapper can.

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Topics: Stretch Wrapping, Product Damage

How to Anchor a Pallet Load

Posted by Kelly Wathen on Dec 29, 2016 11:42:19 AM

We estimate 20,000,000 pallet loads slide off each year resulting in $6 billion worth or unsalable products. Pallet wrapping uneven products (like those that are packaged in pails, barrels, or rolls) can be a challenge to keep on the pallet. Similarly, severely offset loads are also challenging to pallet wrap. When shipping these types of loads, however, sometimes distributors demand that they are not just pallet wrapped, but wrapped to the pallet.

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Topics: Pallet-Grip

3 Things to Consider When Preparing a Pallet for Shipping Internationally

Posted by Kelly Wathen on Dec 20, 2016 8:00:00 AM

When you ship loads internationally – whether by truck, rail, ship, or air – the extremely long distances and harsh conditions can wreak havoc on your loads. The conditions internationally shipped pallet undergo can lead to film punctures, tears, breaks, and, ultimately, damage to your goods. And having an internationally shipped load refused because of damage, even simply losing part of the load to damage, can mean a big hit.

So, while we can’t guarantee that a load will never be damaged, we’ve put together a list of general guidelines that will help you when preparing a pallet for shipping internationally and ultimately minimize the chances of damage.


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Topics: Freight

5 Pallet Conveyor Specs That are Frequently Overlooked

Posted by Kelly Wathen on Dec 19, 2016 8:00:00 AM

More than just how heavy

The first question...and often the last that's asked by folks thinking about a pallet conveyor project is the weight of the loads. That's an important question for sure, but not the one that trips most plans up.

Based on the review of thousands of high-speed automatic pallet wrapper project application surveys - and then the complications that arise from incomplete and incorrect data - we've identified 5 specification details that are sometimes overlooked. They include:

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Topics: Conveyors

How to Reduce Shipping Damage

Posted by Kelly Wathen on Nov 10, 2016 10:21:42 AM

Shipping damage is one of those things  that is not often talked about, mainly because once the product has left the shipper the "out of sight, out of mind," principle applies

But the simple fact is that shipping damage is a very real expense. It adds billions of dollars to the cost of shipping and insurance every year, and there is a chance that any load shipped will be compromised. 

As a shipper, there are some things you can do to reduce shipping damage.

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Topics: Stretch Wrapping, Product Damage

Stretch Wrapping Monitoring, Measuring, and Tracking

Posted by Kelly Wathen on Nov 7, 2016 8:00:00 AM

With an estimated $60 billion of waste from unsalable products each year resulting from ineffective stretch wrapping in just the consumer products goods, food, and beverage industries, improving the effectiveness of stretch wrapping is an important step in any shipping operation.

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Topics: Product Damage, Containment Force

Throwback Thursday - #TBT - To The First Stretch Wrapper Invented

Posted by Kelly Wathen on Nov 3, 2016 8:00:00 AM

In the 1970s, two brothers named Pat and Bill Lancaster set out to solve a problem. Shipping products meant either loading hundreds of single boxes onto a truck one at a time, or using metal straps or shrink bags to unitize loads. All three options took a lot of time and energy. Loading boxes one at a time was hard work and strapping or shrink bags were expensive. How could they make the process of unitizing better? 

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Topics: Semi-automatic Pallet Wrapping, Automatic Pallet Wrapping